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The Field

Rare and very collectable first edition of this iconic catalogue produced in 1968 to accompany “The Field”, regarded as a landmark exhibition in Australian art history – a radical showcase of 74 abstract and conceptual, colour field, geometric and hard edge artworks. Influenced by the American origins of abstract art, the exhibition opened to much controversy at the NGV in 1968 with its silver foil-covered walls and geometric light fittings, boldly launching the careers of a generation of young Australian artists including Sydney Ball, Peter Booth, Janet Dawson and Robert Jacks. It was the first the NGV staged in its new Swanston Street galleries.
Handsomely designed with its wrapped, french-flap, die-cut cover, the book includes profiles on each exhibiting artist in the exhibition, including colour and black and white reproductions of all 72 of the works exhibited.

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary the NGV will restage the exhibition as The Field Revisited, opening in May 2018 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

Texts by Elwyn Lynn, Patrick McCaughey, Royston Harpur, and an introduction by Brian Finemore (Curator) and John Stringer (Exhibitions Manager).

Artists included: Sydney Ball, Peter Booth, Janet Dawson, Robert Jacks, James Doolin, David Aspden, Tony Bishop, Ian Burn, Gunter Christmann, Tony Coleing, Noel Dunn, Garry Foulkes, Dale Hickey, Michael Johnson, Col Jordan, Michael Kitching, Alun Leach-Jones, Nigel Lendon, Tony McGillick, Clement Meadmore, Michael Nicholson, Harald Noritis, Alan Oldfield, Wendy Paramor, Paul Partos, John Peart, Emanuel Raft, Melvyn Ramsden, R.C. Robertson-Swann, Robert Rooney, Rollin Schlicht, Udo Sellbach, Eric Shirley, Joseph Szabo, Vernon Treweeke, Trevor Vickers, Dick Watkins, John White, Normana Wight.

* Condition: Good (very good and clean/tight throughout with only light wear to wraps inc. black ink mark to top spine, previous owner inscription to internal fold) small scraping to the top-left spine corner on cover wrap, light handling wear and light edge tanning, but a very good copy throughout otherwise) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Recent Australian Painting
A Survey 1970-1983


Catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition “Recent Australian Painting – A Survey 1970-1983” curated by Ron Radford in 1983, at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
“The exhibition RECENT AUSTRALIAN PAINTING: A Survey 1970-1983 is the first survey exhibition ever staged covering the whole period. It documents the major artists of the period and the overlapping movements or styles which can generally be labelled as Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism, Lyrical Abstraction, Neo Realism, Political Art, Ocker Funk, Popism and New Image Painting.”

Features the work of Arthur Boyd, Mike Brown, Robert Hunter, Jenny Watson, Paddy Carrol Tjungurrayi, Dini Nolan Tjampitjinpa, Robert Rooney, Juan Davila, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Robert Macpherson, John Nixon, Dale Frank, Fred Williams, Annette Bezor, Brett Whiteley, Dick Watkins, John Brack, Gunter Christmann, Gareth Sansom, Uta Uta Tjangala, and many others through full colour and black and white reproductions of works, plus biographies and texts. 

* Condition: Good – light general use/shelf wear and some children’s light pencil marks to contents pages) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Apocalypse + Utopia
curated by John Nixon

WE ARE AT AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS. THE GALLERY HAS BECOME THE CAVE. IT IS A TIME OF THE APOCALYPSE + UTOPIA. THE ARTISTS HAVE ‘HEWN THEIR PAINTINGS INTO THE WHITENESS OF THE WALLS’. IT IS ONCE AGAIN A PRIMITIVE SOCIETY. THE PICTURES TELL THEIR OWN STORIES.
– JOHN NIXON

Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Apocalypse + Utopia” at University Art Gallery, Melbourne, Feb 23 – April 8, 1984, curated by artist John Nixon and featuring the work of Gunter Christmann, Geoff Lowe, Dick Watkins and Jenny Watson.

* Condition: Good (tight and internally clean with staple binding, but rubbing to front cover and a little on back – discolouring)  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Institute of Modern Art 1975-1989
A Documentary History - Bob Lingard, Sue Cramer (Eds.)

Institute of Modern Art 1975-1989 – A Documentary History, was edited by Bob Lingard, Sue Cramer in Brisbane in 1989, and takes an in-depth look at the history of a very important period of one of Australia’s oldest contemporary art spaces. Through essays by Bob Lingard and Peter Anderson, exhibition photography, a full list of exhibitions, catalogues and bulletins, this publication retrospectively showcases the directorship years of Robert Jadin de Fronenteau, John Buckley, John Nixon, Barbara Campbell, Peter Cripps and Sue Cramer, exhibiting John Olsen, Robert MacPherson, Ian Hamilton, Sidney Nolan, John Baldessari, Peter Cripps, Gunter Christmann, David Hockney, Diane Arbus, Jenny Watson, Chuck Close, Joseph Kosuth, Paul Sharits, Mike Parr, Arthur Boyd, Robert Jacks, John Davis, Mario Merz, Peter Tyndall, Hilary Boscott, Imants Tillers, John Nixon, Elizabeth Gower, Janet Burchill, Tony Clark, Dale Frank, Henri Chopin, Scott Redford, Tim Johnson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vivienne Shark Lewitt, Fiona McDonald, Fiona Hall, Joanna Flynn, Jan Nelson, Joanna Ritson, Robert Hunter, Stephen Roach,Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Lehan Ramsey, Hiram To, John Dunkley-Smith, Stieg Persson, Merilyn Fairskye, Linda Marrinon, Bill Henson, Fritz Rahman, Melinda Harper, Geoff Lowe, Lindy Lee, Eugene Carchesio, Diena Georgetti, Maria Kozic, Lyndal Jones, amongst many others!

“This publication documents the history of the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane from its inception in 1975 until the present day (1989). In doing so, it provides a partial record, both visual and verbal, of the life of one particular institution and an insight into a fifteen year history of exhibition-making within contemporary art. There can be no doubt that “Contemporary Art Spaces” (previously institutions such as the IMA were known as “alternative spaces”) have a crucial and unique role in supporting and developing contemporary art and curatorial practices within Australia. As the photographs of exhibitions, and the essays in this publication show, the Institute has played a significant role over its fifteen years as a venue not only for the exhibition of art that is being made in Brisbane itself, but also that of artists working elsewhere in Australia and overseas. It is worth remembering too that the Institute is the second oldest of the Contemporary Art Spaces in Australia. With this in mind, the Institute’s archive, from which this publication has been drawn, becomes a valuable resource in the study of recent art. The photographs published here ofier a visual record of individual works by many contemporary artists, a number of which may not have been published elsewhere. It is hoped therefore, that this publication might fruitfully be regarded as a source book from which more detailed projects of research can be undertaken. It is impossible in one publication to cover all of the activities and personalities, ideas, debates and discussions that have made up the life of the gallery. Alongside the exhibition program, the Institute has generated forums, lectures, film screenings and publications as an important part of its activities…”
SUE CRAMER DIRECTOR, June 1989

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